Imperial Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery
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4.38/5 rDev +6.3%
A lovely Imperial Stout that happens to be brewed with honey- and there is a bit of sweetness that shows through. Pours black with a somewhat thin head. Smells sweet and somewhat ashy, with big notes of licorice and some roasty notes, with a distinct honey tang at the end. Delicious, balanced taste of roasted grain, licorice, and honey. Very smooth and easy to drink, the abv seems 1/2 of what it is. A delightful beer.
09-11-2012 01:03:27 | More by Georgiabeer
4.35/5 rDev +5.6%
A dense, viscous pour produces a tight, half-inch, dark walnut brown foam over a pitch-black stout that clings to the glass in sheets. The lace, while minimal, is quite nice. The foam lasts well over five minutes.
Bittersweet chocolate fills the nose while dark roasted malt and some alcohol fumes mix with coffee liqueur. One can also find molasses and the suggestion of honey and vanilla extract.
The flavor profile resembles the nose quite closely. While initially sweet, malt bitterness quickly follows and is reminiscent of Baker’s chocolate. Roasted, almost burnt malt and coffee grinds, can also be found. This one warms quite well with a very long finish resembling dark roasted black coffee.
A dense body with a warming bite of alcohol that is above expectation makes an interesting contrast to the syrupy texture and soft, prickly carbonation.
This is a nice sipping beer from a Harp nonic. It is not for the uninitiated, yet is full of sensory delights that progress throughout the session, producing rich aromas that make the mouth water.
09-03-2012 19:48:52 | More by SLeffler27
3.75/5 rDev -9%
Big Thanks & Maximum Respect to ASUBeer for this beauty.
Pours a shiny mahogany with espresso like lacing that holds on for a few minutes. The smell gives me a coffee roast that hints of dark baker's chocolate, but also gives ocassional hints of a Baltic Porter. A bit of roasty wood barrel comes through also.
Now this is a 2012, and I may have popped her cherry a bit prematurely, but I got impatient. The flavor is pretty consistent with the nose. Roasty upfront--coffee meets wood, meets chocolate. But chocolate less so. A little "warm" on the alcohol, but I think it's just enough to add a nice bonus of complexity to this stout
Mouthfeel is nice and full, even chewy. I also love the slick, slightly oily presence that slowly finishes each sip.
This is a fine stout, but I need to get this one again. I will sit on it, and give it some more time.
09-02-2012 04:39:38 | More by 2beerdogs
3.9/5 rDev -5.3%
Imperial Stout '11 vintage
Tired Hands chalice
A: Pours pitch black. Not a ton of head. About a quarter of light tan head that fades into a ring quickly. Good bottle carboantion. Leaves some solid sticky lacing sheeting.
S: Lots of roasted dark malt, but I do pull that honey sweetness. It's almost like the chocolate and coffee are muted but the swetness.
T: Very interesting. Up front you get the dark chocolate bitterness. Also some roasted notes. Then it seems like the honey sweetness smooths this beer out and cuts that bitter chocolate and roast. It also helps to smooth the finish. That espresso or dark coffee is still there. It's fairly dry from the roast, but not overly bitter.
M: Full bodied but not cloying. Seems like bottle carbonation is nice.
08-24-2012 14:20:22 | More by inlimbo77
4.28/5 rDev +3.9%
Big thanks to surlytwinsfan - thanks Marc!
A - pours a viscous black abyss color with a nice chocolaty head on top.
S - nose is coffee intertwined with a wallop of dark chocolates and a hint of honey
T - taste opens up with rich, dark chocolate flavors. These move to more of a roasted coffee character as it slides down the tongue. More very rich, dry bakers and dark chocolates come back and dominate the rest of the palate. A subtle amount of honey is there is you really look for it on the finish, but it's pretty subdued. Very rich and bold overall.
M - thick, chewy, and full as it should be
D - this is a truly an imperial stout. Big, bold, and full of flavor with a nice body taboot. Not as complex as others out there, but the deep richness of its flavor makes it one of the better non-barrel aged Imperial Stouts I have tried.
08-12-2012 21:59:46 | More by birchstick
4.3/5 rDev +4.4%
Thanks to Tom for sharing.
Super thick and syrupy looking, thicker than molasses that seems to stain the glass. Pours a light fizzy darker head that fades fairly quickly.
Nose super dark rich roasted malt, tons of dark chocolate, a bit of coffee, caramel, and nutty dark malts, a slight acrid roasted malt, a hint of chewy oats, and a bit of booze.
Taste light roast, less than I expected, and just a bit of acrid over roasted malt and soy sauce. Lots of super dark chocolate, light coffee, quite bitter, lots of earthy spicy hops, thick and viscous, some booze warmth and bit of tingle. As it warms a bit of cocoa, mocha, caramel, vanilla, and touch of honey come through, finally on the honey! Finish is a long, quite bitter, mouth coating viscousy, rich, dark, chocolate and mocha, roast and coffee, hint of acrid roast, and earthy spicy hops all linger for, what seems like forever.
Mouth is rich and thick, syrupy, some warming booze, decent carb.
Overall nice, not quite up there with Abyss or similar, but I would put it above fresh Darklord or Darkness (not aged but I need to try this aged as well to compare). Nice malts, lots of roast and dark chocolate, just a bit of acrid over roasted soy sauce but fairly light in comparison, and a bit of warming booze. Well done.
08-12-2012 03:16:35 | More by jlindros
4.75/5 rDev +15.3%
Pours a small bit of light chocolate head which fades to nill. Black body with hints of mahogany around the edges. Head is somewhat rousable, with a good bit of alcohol legs.
Smells change a good amount throughout the pour. Sweet carmel, big roast, coffee, bitter chocolate, smokey in a particular way-maybe some peat or someting reminicent of a scotch ale. A bit of alcohol is definitely present as it warms.
Tastes like a big russian and american imperial stout combined. Bitter dark chocolate, dark fruit, sweet carmel, espresso/coffee, licorice and some smokey component. A firm alcohol warmth and slight taste.
Medium full bodied, low carbonation. Fairly thick and silky, which leaves the mouth coated with a big maltyness and roasty acidity.
Overall this is one big tasty stout. Quite complex and fairly drinkable. This was a great bottle to share with my wife. Great flavors and interesting with the scotch ale component that was not expected.
Thank you Tommy for this trade.
08-03-2012 01:05:28 | More by Homebrew35
4/5 rDev -2.9%
Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and some sweet honey aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors that makes it easy to drink.
07-25-2012 00:49:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
Imperial Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.